May #20

Published by May Revue, Paris, 2021, 256 pages (b/w ill.), 17.5 × 24 cm, English / French

Price: €15

A note about Jack Smith – Michael Krebber; I will not interpret Jack Smith. I will not interpret Jack Smith. I will not interpret Jack… – Felix Bernstein; I Danced with a Penguin – Enzo Shalom; Broadway Central Narco Moon: Jack Smith and Illegality – Branden W. Joseph; Vile Days: The Village Voice Art Columns, 1985-1988 – Gary Indiana in conversation with Bruce Hainley and Sohrab Mohebbi; On the film Shake Down by Leilah Weinraub – Juliana Huxtable; On Nina Könnemann at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin – Megan Francis Sullivan; On Louise Lawler at 80WSE Gallery (NYU), New York – Nick Irvin; On Claire Fontaine at Reena Spaulings, Los Angeles – Anita Chari; On Afuma (Stefan Tcherepnin & Taketo Shimada) at H0L0, Ridgewood – Keith Connolly; On Park McArthur at MoMA, New York – Noah Barker; On the film Vital Behaviors by Ken Okiishi – Felix Bernstein; Garde-montée – Jeanne Graff; Last Summer (Hong Kong SAR) – Sony Devabhaktuni; A Cowboy Narrative – Bernadette Van-Huy; Visual Insert – Jack Smith, 35 mm color slides, I Danced with a Penguin, c. 1983.

#2021 #brandenwjoseph #brucehainley #clairefontaine #jacksmith #julianahuxtable #kenokiishi #louiselawler #meganfrancissullivan #michaelkrebber #noahbarker
Halo Jochen Lempert

Published by Keijiban, Kanazawa, 2021, hand-colored offset print on 215 kg Vent Nouveau V snow white paper (colour & b/w ill.), 20.5 × 14.6 cm, English

Price: €128

Edition of sixty copies numbered and signed by the artist on a certificate and twelve artist’s proofs.

Halo is a unique specimen in Jochen Lempert’s body of work. While the artist is known for his distinctive black and white analogue photographs, for this edition he also included colour. Obviously, this is a subtle, careful, and consistent shift. The photograph here is only partially hand-coloured, with a pale yellow that is perfectly in tune with the nuances of the grey.

#2021 #artistedition #jochenlempert #keijiban #photography
I Think And I Think I’ve Thought A Thought Josse Pyl

Published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam, 2021, 240 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 30 cm, English

Price: €35

i THINK and I think i’ve THOUGHT a thought collects the various components of Pyl’s practice from 2014 to 2021 in one publication by making use of the frottage technique. Working with pencil and paper, Pyl has inscribed each page with elements taken from different works. From these fragments, when they are taken together, a new vocabulary can be assembled: a collection of semantic artifacts rendered in binary patterns of light and shadow, negative and positive, and in no gradated or hierarchical order. The images that can be composed from these fractured parts are revealed only gradually as they superimpose upon each other, conjuring new associations, new ways of reading, with each turn of the page.

#2021 #jossepyl #jungmyunglee #romapublications
Portraits Ghislaine Leung

Published by Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, 2021, Box containing 3 A4 stapled documents, 6 cards, fluorescent lamp, usb cord, instructions and object (colour & b/w ill.), 16.3 × 20.7 cm, English / German

Price: €54

Produced on the occasion of Portraits a solo exhibition by Ghislaine Leung displayed at Museum Abteiberg from June 3 to October 24, 2021, curated by Susanne Titz and Haris Giannouras. The exhibition comprised of works commissioned by Museum Abteiberg and produced over the duration of a year from 2020-21. The catalogue references the legendary box catalogues developed by previous museum director Johannes Cladders with Joseph Beuys in 1967. With essays from Bruce Hainley and Eleanor Ivory Weber.

You can see a round table discussion of the exhibition featuring Bruce Hainley, Fatima Hellberg & Susanne Titz and Haris Giannouras here.

#2021 #brucehainley #eleanorivoryweber #ghislaineleung #harisgiannouras #johannescladders #museumabteiberg #susannetitz
Termite Economies Nicholas Mangan

Published by Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, Berlin, 2021, 152 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17.5 × 24.5 cm, English

Price: €34

This publication assembles three phases of Termite Economies, a major series of artworks produced between 2018 – 2020 by the Australian artist Nicholas Mangan.

In Termite Economies (Phase 1) Mangan researched an anecdote that termite abilities might one day lead humans to gold deposits. Phase 2 explored termite eusociality, pheromonal communication, building behaviour, biomimicry, super-organism and swarm intelligence. Phase 3 deployed termite collectivism as a speculative model for rerouting human neural pathways. Within each phase, Mangan developed specific methods to explore these phenomena formally, spatially, and through moving images.

The book presents each phase in the order of the exhibition series. It includes process and research photographs, diagrams, installation and detailed imagery. It includes an essay by Artist Mariana Silva, a fictional text by writer ST.Lore, a conversation between Mangan and cultural theorist Ana Teixeira Pinto, and a republished essay by Dr. Guy Theraulaz. Designed by Žiga Testen.

#2021 #anateixeirapinto #bomdiaboatardeboanoite #nicholasmangan #stlore #zigatesten
L’agence Philippe Thomas

Published by MAMCO, Geneva, 2021, 104 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 23 cm, French

Price: €25

Created by French artist Philippe Thomas, the communication agency called readymades belong to everyone®, for its American version inaugurated in 1987 in New York, and les ready-made appartiennent à tout le monde®, for its French version, is a company behind which the artist disappeared. MAMCO owns the whole agency, which closed in 1995. This book is the first comprehensive study of this work which challenged the traditional role and function of the artist. With readymades belong to eveyone®, the collector or the institution themselves sign the works and become the authors of the works. The book proposes also the last (and unpublished) interview by Philippe Thomas which enables to understand the deep coherence of his entire work.

#2021 #mamco #philippethomas